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The Capital of Texas Zoo welcomes baby monkey, deer

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The Capital of Texas Zoo welcomes two animals into the world as a baby patas monkey and a muntjac deer were recently born.

The monkey was born to parents 'Big John' and 'Frankie' and can easily be seen clinging to the belly of her doting mother.

In the 1960's, a company, which supplied monkeys as lab animals to research labs, went out of business and released 13 African patas monkeys on the island.

Fifty years later, the monkeys had reproduced so well that there were over a thousand animals. The primates became extremely destructive, destroying the crops of hundreds of poor farmers.

As a result, Puerto Rican Fish and Game decided it was necessary to euthanize the entire population. With permission from the Puerto Rican government, a few members of the ZAA (Zoo Association of America) managed to rescue a few dozen of the monkeys and bring them to the United States, where they were placed in accredited zoos. Most of the monkeys remaining in Puerto Rico have since been euthanized.

Muntjac deer are considered to be the world's smallest deer. The Capital of Texas Zoo's muntjac deer is about the size of a Chihuahua.

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